Deborah Padfield has been a Citizens Advice benefits adviser, trainer and supervisor in Cambridge, Peterborough and north Essex, where she still works. In the past she lived and worked in London's East End. She has considerable experience of mental illness and is on the steering committee of The Cambridge Commons.
No right to despair
As we enter into five years of Conservative rule, those of us who are relatively privileged need to be reminded of a...
Who benefits from benefit?
The UK "benefit" system is about ensuring that people play the part alloted to them by economic and political elites.
Universal Credit: the fantasy of a tidy world
The coalition presents its benefit reforms as fair, rational and efficient. For many, however, the world is not as...
Basic Income - basic respect
Basic Income is not a panacea for our woeful economic structure but it could certainly be a big step forward.
The Work Programme, people and economy part 4 - 'failure' and 'success'
The final part of a four part series on the Work Programme, examining what the programme means by 'success' and 'failure'.
Our parasitic economy: joining the No campaign
A society dependent on the financial, social and existential insecurity of its people has failed in one of the basic...